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My thoughts with Kashmiris who are in a terrible lockdown within a lockdown : P Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Tuesday said that as the fourth phase of coronavirus lockdown began on Monday, his thoughts were with Kashmir people who were in a ‘terrible Lockdown within a Lockdown’.

In a series of tweets, the former finance minister said, “The worst sufferers are Mehbooba Mufti and her senior colleagues who are still in detention in a locked down state in a locked down country. They are deprived of every human right.”

He was referring to the detention of former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, who along with other former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and his father Farooq Abdullah were arrested under the Public Safety Act (PSA). While Omar and Farooq Abdullah were released in March after seven months of detention, Mufti is still under detention. 

The detention on Mehbooba Mufti under the PSA has been extended for three more months on May 5. 

He also added that at least now, people in the rest of India will understand the enormity of the injustice done to those who were detained and those who are still under detention.

“I cannot believe that for nearly 10 months, the Courts will shirk their Constitutional duty to protect the human rights of citizens,” Chidambaram added. 

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